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Journey into Insanity The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the dominant submissive relationship between an oppressive husband and his submissive wife pushes her from depression into insanity It is about the growing madness of a young married woman arising out of the pressures of her life A woman who is being treated for a case of post-partum depression is slowly driven mad by the treatment itself enforced isolation and deprivation of her work her writing and her words Error of human nature seems to play a great role in her breakdown Her husband a noted physician is unwilling to admit that there might really be something wrong with his wife This same attitude is seen in her brother who is also a physician While this attitude and the actions taken because of it certainly contributed to her breakdown it seems to me that there is a rebellious spirit in her Perhaps unconsciously she seems determined to prove them wrong As the story begins the woman tells of her depression and how her husband and brother dismiss it You see he does not believe I am sick And what can one do If a physician of high standing and ones own husband assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression a slight hysterical tendency what is one to do These two men both doctors seem completely unable to admit that there might be more to her condition than just stress and a slight nervous condition Even when a summer in the country and weeks of bed-rest dont help her husband refuses to accept that she may have a real problem Throughout the story there are examples of the dominant-submissive relationship She is virtually imprisoned in her bedroom supposedly to allow her to rest and recover her health She is forbidden to work So Iam absolutely
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